Mariano Rivera may need surgery on his vocal cords

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In the strongest evidence yet that Mariano Rivera is, in fact, human, the Yankees closer told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that he likely needs vocal cord surgery.

Rivera said that his vocal cords have “been bothering him for a month.”

Presumably the surgery wouldn’t have any impact on Rivera’s usual offseason plans and the future Hall of Famer’s right arm remains in pristine condition a week short of his 42nd birthday.

Carlos Carrasco pitched in game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.